STANISLAUS COUNTY – Authorities arrested a man on home invasion and rape related charges after entering a woman’s home and sexually assaulting her.
Friday morning deputies responded to a report of a man who had broken into the woman’s home, sexually assaulted her and stole her ATM card. The location of occurrence was undisclosed by authorities. Detectives with the Crimes Against Persons and Crime Scene units responded to investigate and gather evidence.
The victim told investigators the suspect entered her bedroom with a handgun and tied her up. He choked and sexually assaulted her. The suspect made threats to the victim if she reported the incident to authorities when he left.
Through the investigation authorities identified the suspect as 40-year-old Jose Luis Ramos Rivera of Modesto. The victim told authorities that she had hired Rivera to work for her as a handyman, and that she had employed him for several months. Authorities said the quick arrest came because the victim had photographed his identification card the day she hired him.
Rivera was booked on charges including robbery, home invasion, oral copulation, penetration with a foreign object, and assault with intent to commit rape.
Authorities believe there may be additional victims and are asking them to come forward. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Esquivez at (209) 652-1792 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
Teen Suffers Head Wound in Highway Shooting, Suspects Arrested
STOCKTON – Investigators with the California Highway Patrol arrested a man suspected of being involved in a shooting that wounded a teen Monday afternoon.
The incident happened shortly after 3:00pm near the area of Highway 99 and Kettleman Lane in Lodi. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of a Nissan Altima fired a gun several times at the victim vehicle, striking a teenage passenger in the head. The driver of the victim vehicle drove the teen to Lodi Memorial Hospital for care. Valley Division CHP Investigators responded to work the case.
Moses Mercado, a 21 year old resident of Lodi, was identified as a suspect during the course of the investigation. Investigators located and arrested Mercado after a brief pursuit in South Stockton that ended on South California near Worth Street. A passenger of the Nissan Altima, 21 year old Bella Villanueva of Ripon, was also arrested. Villanueva faces charges of aiding and abetting, conspiracy, and concealing evidence.
Mercado was charged with attempted murder, carrying a loaded firearm with a previous felony conviction, being a felon in possession of a firearm, conspiracy to commit a crime, being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, and shooting at an inhabited vehicle. He is in custody without bail and due in court on June 30th at 1:30pm.
A third suspect, 29 year old Edgar Hernandez of Stockton, was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded unregistered firearm concealed in a vehicle.
“We want to assure the public that these acts of violence are not random, but are often targeted attacks between parties that know each other,” said Commander Mel Hutsell of the Stockton CHP Office. “We take these types of incidents very seriously and are committed to ensuring public safety.”
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CHP Investigations at (916) 731-6300.
Brush Fire Fills Skies with Smoke
SALIDA – A brush fire in the north end of Stanislaus County filled the skies over Modesto and neighboring communities with smoke Monday and Tuesday.
The fire was reported in San Joaquin County initially, but jumped the Stanislaus River late Monday afternoon. The fire burned in heavy brush along the river near the 10100 block of Beckwith Road.
Early indications suggest the fire to have burned 150-200 acres, however at time of publication an exact measurement was not available.
Airport Neighborhood Shooting Investigated
MODESTO – One person was rushed to a hospital after a report of a person shot Monday Afternoon.
The incident happened shortly after 1:30pm near the intersection of Kerr Avenue and Tenaya Drive. An ambulance left with one person and a sheriff deputy following close behind.
The area was closed off with crime scene tape as deputies examined the scene. Evidence technicians and investigators responded as well.
No further details were available at time of publication.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
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